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​The eleventh edition of Aero India has kickstarted at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, today. Saab is exhibiting its world-leading capabilities in air power, aircraft, ground-based air defence and surveillance systems, as well as naval technology at the event. Here are a few snapshots from day one.

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Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar visits the Saab stall​

16603087_1497432060269291_5816459101857243384_n.jpgJan Salestrand, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, along with Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab, inaugurate the Saab stand

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Saab test pilot Jonas talks about the world's smartest and the most modern fighter jet - Gripen

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Defence and Security Company Saab offers to set up the world's most modern ecosystem and facility in India, to manufacture Gripen E for India and the global market. From this unique industrial base India will accelerate its ability to design, develop, manufacture, modify and enhance new fighters for the future.

The state-of-the-art facilities for India would include a dedicated Gripen Design Centre, a major production facility equipped with the latest manufacturing technologies and robotics systems, a radar and sensor centre, final assembly plus test and verification centres. The facilities to be set up would also deliver depot-level maintenance, repair and overhaul and design services. This fighter technology ecosystem would support the full spectrum of production capabilities for India, including parts manufacturing and sub-assembly.

"Saab is offering an industrial facility that will be the centre-of-gravity for the Made-in-India Gripen. It is an unrivalled offer that will set new standards in aeronautical engineering excellence for decades to come, should India procure Gripen," says Saab India Chairman Jan Widerström.

In close cooperation with Saab, engineers and technicians from Indian partner and supplier companies will live and work in Sweden and at global partners' sites, they will be trained at today's production facilities, to gain the knowledge and experience needed for transfer to Indian-made Gripens once India's own facilities are operational.

Read the full storyhere​.​


As we speak, our preparations for Aero India 2017 are in full swing. André, our display pilot, is ready to put up a great show in a couple of days. Watch how he prepares for a flying display and what he says about pulling some G’s in front of a demanding crowd of spectators. ​​

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Aero India 2017 being held from February 14-18 at Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru will see Saab participating in full strength with a range of products. 

Gripen will be on display at the show; this includes aerial displays as well as presentation of the full scale replica of the Gripen E model. Saab will also exhibit at Aero India 2017 its world-leading capabilities in air power, aircraft, ground-based air defence and surveillance systems, as well as naval technology.

The Saab Experience stall will be in Hall C at the Aero India venue.

Conceived in 1996, Aero India will be conducting its 11th edition this year. It is one of Asia's most important airshows that has a participation of exhibitors from almost 33 countries with 600+ companies. 

Read the full story here.

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To stay on top requires constant evolution. Gripen is designed with the future in mind, and the next chapter in the smart fighter story is Gripen E.

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The new Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, has given a go ahead for the replacement of the country’s existing fighters, reports Netral News​.

He said that transparency will be prioritized in the purchase of weapons and military equipment to ensure safety in operation. "The initial step is to have a transparent purchasing program for weapons and other military equipment. I believe that this can ensure safety and help to avoid accidents," Tjahjanto said. 

The Indonesian air fleet currently uses F-5E/F Tiger II jet fighter which would be upgraded by 2024, in lieu of them being obsolete. They were acquired in 1990’s and will be replaced when they are grounded for at least a year.

The current replacement options for the replacement of the F-5E/F Tiger II, include Gripen (Sweden), Sukhoi Su-35 (Russia), F-16 Block 60 Viper (US), and Eurofighter Typhoon (Airbus-Europe). Right from the beginning, Saab has offered an open and transparent detailed transfer of technology and acquisition scheme to Indonesia.   

Saab's offer to Indonesia includes Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) for maritime surveillance and control, tactical data link for sharing data across platforms and ground based command and control.

Read the full story here.

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Between 14 and 18 February 2017, we will showcase our cutting edge technology at the 11th edition of Aero India airshow.

Besides Gripen, we will also be exhibiting our world-leading capabilities in air power, aircraft, ground-based air defence and surveillance systems, as well as naval technology.

We are offering the next generation Gripen to India under the 'Make In India' initiative with transfer of technology.

The first Aero India was held in 1996. It is one of Asia's most important airshows that has a participation of exhibitors from almost 33 countries with 600+ companies. 

Aero India 2017 will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India.

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In an interview with the Defence Aviation Post, Saab India’s Country Head and Chairman Jan Widerström throws some light on Saab's ready-to-roll Make in India plan that is based on true technology transfer.

"We do not attach strings to our technology. Saab is committed to India and will deliver the best industrial cooperation and technology transfer over the life of the programme — providing what India’s armed forces and industry wants and needs," Jan  says.

When asked about the unique capabilities of Gripen that Saab would leverage to gain substantial mileage over its competitors, Jan said that Gripen E is equipped with the latest technology when it comes to radar, sensors and electronic warfare systems along with customisable aircrafts that that can quite easily integrate existing and new weapon and missile systems.

“Gripen can perform a wide range of missions such as Offensive Counter Air, Defensive Counter Air, Air Policing, Cruise Missile Defense, Close Air Support, Air Interdiction, Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD/DEAD), Maritime Strike, Strategic Attack, Sea Surveillance, Tactical Air Reconnaissance and Non-Traditional ISR. These missions can be performed around the clock in all types of weather,” Jan said.

About Saab’s aerospace facility offer, Jan said that the company intended to make the facility fully self-sufficient with 100% technology transfer, full system control and full software control. Saab will transfer design, development and manufacturing capabilities. Saab believes everything can be done in India including production planning, creation of an independent supply chain and research and development for the future. ...

Flight data, track data and night vision.

The Swedish Air Force have ordered  the advanced helmet mounted display system, Targo for their Gripen E fighter aircraft. Pilots equipped with Targo will be able to better locate, track and identify targets, both day and night.

Read more about the Helmet Mounted Display system here​.​
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